Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Opus Beautemous

This week's entry is inspired by the famous questionnaire, created by French writer, Marcel Proust, utilized by French television talk show host, Bernard Pivot, of Bouillon de Culture, and adapted by James Lipton, host of the Bravo television show, Inside the Actors Studio, which he asks to every guest at the end of the program. I just thought I'd try this out for fun, to sort of stimulate the creative juices a little bit. Not to mention, give you a little insight into who I am. And it might be a fun exercise for those of you out there who may read this blog, to try out for yourselves or with other people. Enjoy, and as always, feel free to leave any comments, questions, and/or suggestions. 'Nuff said!!

What is your favorite word?

Beautemous-I think I made it up, I don't know when, and it doesn't seem to be in any dictionary. To me, it's a cool way of saying that something is most excellent or outstanding, like when you manage to find a parking space or something happens to you that was completely unexpected, that's beautemous.

What is your least favorite word?

Taxes. The least said about that, the better. If I could vote to avoid having anything to do with them, I would, gladly---twice!!

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Really good writing, in whatever medium. That's what I aspire to.

What turns you off?

Injustice of any kind.

What is your favorite curse word?

Well, this might come as a shock to those who knew me growing up in church or from going to a Christian college, but it's motherfucker. When it's said properly or in the right context(i.e. almost any Samuel L. Jackson movie or the title poem of my recent collection of poems, "Mofo' Risin'", etc.), in any number of variations, it's poetry.

What sound or noise do you love?
The laughter of children, especially babies.

What sound or noise do you hate?

The construction noise outside my window at 6:30 in the morning.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Jazz musician--either a piano player or trumpeter.

What profession would you not like to do?
Teacher, only because I respect the profession too much to throw my hat in the ring. Which goes contrary to what some of my friends have told me.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I think the fact that I'm at the Pearly Gates would be enough for me.

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